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Naim Nait 3 or Linn Majik? or...?

Discussion in 'audio' started by RichShortland, May 19, 2022.

  1. RichShortland

    RichShortland pfm Member

    Hi all
    Looking for a basic integrated (ideally with MM phono) to drive small bookshelf speakers (JPW Sonata) in a downscaled system for a while.
    Thinking of a Naim Nait 3 or a Linn Majik.
    Which would you choose?
    Or what else at this budget? <£300
  2. Charlie_1

    Charlie_1 pfm Member

    They sound quite different but both have their fans.

    The Nait can still be serviced by Naim (or a Naim agent using Naim parts) which is a plus point for me.

    I've not idea which will fit better in your setup or suit your ears best :)

    Note that Naim amps require 3m+ of suitable speaker cable, such as Naim NAC A5 or Linn K20 - both on sale today.
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  3. Stuart Frazer

    Stuart Frazer pfm Member

    I like the Nait 3

    Others to consider:

    Onix OA21
    Musical Fidelity B200
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  4. Fergus

    Fergus pfm Member

    I'm using a Naim Nait 3 into a pair of JPW ML 510's at this very moment and to me it sounds really good. My Nait was serviced by Class A a year ago so its performing well. I also have an A&R A60 that is with AmpRepairServices for a service and recap and that will be interesting to compare with the Naim as it sounded pretty good before it was sent away.

    There's this if its not too far away from you.

    And this, its newer model than mine and decent price.

    A60 has mono button too. And it looks like its the AP model with Pre Out and Power in socket.
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  5. sideshowbob

    sideshowbob Champagne fascia aficionado

    Old style Majik has a mono switch, so that would get my vote
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  6. mickhick1

    mickhick1 pfm Member

    I went from a NAIT 3 to a Majik in my office, purely because I wanted remote control so I could mute it when the phone goes etc. Both great amps for what they cost me and nothing much to choose between sound wise, IMO.
    Actually I'm currently using an ARCAM Delta 290, purchased from @Whaleblue earlier this year, which is also pretty decent.
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  7. RichShortland

    RichShortland pfm Member

    Thanks for that - good shout on the A60
  8. RichShortland

    RichShortland pfm Member

    Good to hear from a user of both the Naim/Linn - I'm wondering if the Naim just edges in terms of re-saleability, but probably not by much.
    And interesting about the Arcam. Always found that era Arcam a bit laid back..?
  9. Fergus

    Fergus pfm Member

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  10. Charlie_1

    Charlie_1 pfm Member

    Exposure XV and XV Super are very nice too and include a phono stage. Exposure will still service them. Hard to find now though
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  11. RichShortland

    RichShortland pfm Member

    Any views on an Audiolab 8000a...?
  12. Gervais Cote

    Gervais Cote Predator

    I would go for the Nait 3 as it’s more robust and easier to service than the Linn.
    For the price, the Nait 3 is a little gem IMO.
  13. RichShortland

    RichShortland pfm Member

    So… @Fergus I bagged an A60 (and matching tuner) for what looks like a decent £
    Is a late one with the alps pots, pre/out and phono rcas.
    Looking forward to giving it a whirl once connected. I’ll take a view then about a recap / service at some point.
    Thanks all for the views and hep.
  14. tpetsch

    tpetsch pfm Member

    JUst talking about this the other day with a friend, asked about an inexpensive integrated for a 2nd system and the Majik came up -a real workhorse, well built & sounds great fro what it is, and comes with a MM/MC option- but their all getting quite old now and we never liked the cheap look of the newer Naits, although the 1 & 2 were classics. ...But then we wondered how the new Regas -io & Brio?- would stack up as one would get 20 trouble free years out of a new unit compared to the classic Majiks/Naits which may already need recapping/servicing to some degree to consider, and the costs associated with that in addition to the purchase price. But would love to A/B/C/D all of them together.
    Last edited: May 21, 2022
  15. Paul Mc

    Paul Mc pfm Member

    Nait every time.
  16. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    Not liked by many PFM members.

    It’s my choice of amp. for Spendor BC1s.

    As for the above ‘Nait every time’, I have one of those as well...
  17. Fergus

    Fergus pfm Member

    Excellent. I’m sure you will enjoy it. The later ones with the Alps pots are supposed to be the best version. Nice to get the tuner too.

    I should be getting my A60 back from ARS early next week. It has been serviced, recapped and had an Alps Blue pot fitted for just over £200. I’m really looking forward to putting it up against my Nait 3. Along with my Technics SL-10 one of them will be part of my downsized system for my dotage! If it’s close the A60’s trump card could be it’s mono button for all my “old” records. Cheers
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  18. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    I ran my BC1s from an A60 for a short time in the late ‘70s and enjoyed the experience.
    Then I tried a Meridian 101/103D combination and that stayed for many years.
    Last edited: May 22, 2022
  19. Durmbo

    Durmbo not French

    You could save considerable GBPs here. A60, indeed; also you could much much worse than a 90s Yamaha integrated. My bottom-of-the-middle-range sample c. 1991 is my amplifier of the moment. It drives both LS3/5as & JPW Gold Monitors with aplomb. Very detailed; 65W; tone controls with bypass if you like. There's no mono switch but the next model up (AX-550?) has one as well as pre-out & remote control.
  20. say it as it is

    say it as it is pfm Member

    Don't rule out Rotel integrated, some great buys and not as old but very well put together.
    I really like the RA 05 SE in isolation just as enjoyable as nait5i only when back to back I can tell the difference.
    Many other really good Rotel amps with full remote control and am told decent phono stages I can't comment on that sorry

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